Sunday, December 31, 2006

We used to have a good President.



Anyone remember when we used to have a good President? Unfortunately I wasnt alive during JFK's time. But listening to anything he says is a night and day difference between what we have today.

Friday, December 29, 2006

My new car


This is the sweetest ass car I think I've ever seen. I must possess one.

Click here for all the cool shots of it.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

A robot scoops my poop.

So my cat, Jonesy, as stopped wanting to go outside after getting very sick awhile back. I still dont know what happened to her and neither does the vet, but I digress.

Since she no longer goes outside half the day, she's become a poop and pee machine and her box is always getting full and I have a hard time keeping it as clean as it should be. It never smells or anything, but it does get a lot of stuff in it.

At any rate, I always wanted to buy a Littermaid and I finally got around to it as an after-Christmas present to myself. And WOW do I love it.

At first, Jonesy wasnt sure what to make of it. It's sides are higher than her old box and since it's a bunch of different pieces and moves and makes a little noise as she gets into it. So it took lots of sniffing it, staring at it, laying next to it, swatting it with her tail, staring at it from across the room, pacing back and forth in front of it, more sniffing and what I can only guess to be some sort of an attempt at the creation of a psychic link before she finally decided that it wasnt something to eat, kill or run from.

I sat next to it and talked to her and pet her to keep her calm and and to realize it wasnt anything to freak out about. So she jumped into it and then looked at me and jumped right back out. It took her about two hours to either work up the desire to go to the bathroom or to finally break down and use the box.

And presto the box scooped it self and left nice clean and raked litter and now she seems super happy with it. I am very impressed.

Watch the video of the Littermaid in action from their site.

She's a model now?!

Okay, okay WHO THE HELL IS THIS WOMAN?

I would hate to be this poor woman, someone probably found her random picture in some high school year book.

This is one of only like 3 pictures that Classmates.com website (or whatever the hell it is) uses to advertise their service and man am I sick of seeing it.

I think I should install the adblock extension in Firefox again and set it to block all old high school year book photos.

Oh and if you are this woman, email me - we have some things to talk about.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tech Quote of the Year

"Let's face it. We're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap -- and watch porn."
Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
-- As quoted by Fortune magazine during a corporate dinner in San Francisco recently.

Mortal Kombat Fatalities

This is an .avi file containing every fatality move from the first four Mortal Kombat games edited together into one long blood soaked gore-fest. Pointless but entertaining! Whilst the original audio of the fatalities is missing, there is a Mortal Kombat soundtrack which plays along throughout the fatalities.

Hope you all enjoy it!

Length: approx 22 minutes

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Phoenix electric truck


The 100% electric Phoenix sport-utility truck holds five passengers, has plenty of cargo space, does 95mph, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, and charges to 95% full in under 10 minutes.

It's nice to know that there are some companies out there trying to not lie to people about how electric cars can function in today's world and offer every benefit as their polluting, oil-addicted cousins.

A recent study says the nation's current power grid can support up to 180 million electric cars at the same time. And obviously doesnt include those cars (or homes) that have solar power.

Phoenix Motor Cars

Trailer: Who Killed The Electic Car?

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Pope's Christmas Message

Marking the second Christmas season of his pontificate, he said that while 21st century man appeared to be a master of his own destiny, "perhaps he needs a saviour all the more" because much of humanity was suffering.

"People continue to die of hunger and thirst, disease and poverty, in this age of plenty and of unbridled consumerism," he said from the central balcony of Christendom's largest church.

"Some people remain enslaved, exploited and stripped of their dignity; others are victims of racial and religious hatred, hampered by intolerance and discrimination, and by political interference and physical or moral coercion with regard to the free profession of their faith.
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"Others see their own bodies and those of their dear ones, particularly their children, maimed by weaponry, by terrorism and by all sorts of violence, at a time when everyone invokes and acclaims progress, solidarity and peace for all."

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I could make some sort of pessimistic comment about the role of women in the Catholic church, their continue condemnation of gays, or there turning a blind eye to a enormous landslide of molestation by so many in his employee. But I will simply agree with him on his point. Because no matter how chapped with irony and ignorance the lips are, they can still speak truth.

Merry Christmas!

My family and I had a wonderful wonderful Christmas! Everyone got great presents and everyone was home and safe and loved.

Merry Christmas to everyone out there!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Firefox Wallpaper


Merry Christmas, here's a Firefox Wallpaper I made. I might still tweak on it some more but it's looking pretty good so far. And since I am sick and cant concentrate on much else, I thought I'd post it.

Scary find in a dumpster.

So we were leaving work yesterday and walking thru the alley. When we passed the dumpster for the nearby apartment building we were remarking on the giant futon frame that was wedged in it and there is always crazy shit in this dumpster. And then we heard it. Over and over again something saying the word, "blood" ... "blood, blood, blood, blood, blood"! I snagged a pic, but no video and then scored the audio of the recording. Play the movie below to hear it and see what you think.



I guess it started playing a few hours before we left work and continued on into the night. We didnt hear it this morning.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

HAHA!


I wanna buy ALL my clothes from this company. Only if I knew who it was.

Global Warming - Winter fun

Here are a few links from today about the impacts of the global climate change. We are in desperate need of real answers and real leadership on this, but alas we have a dumbass in office who doesnt think it's an issue and tries to silence any report that comes past him to keep the truth from getting out.

Anyway, on to the links:

Niargra Falls frozen over in 1911
This will probably never happen again.

Scientists say bears have stopped hibernating due to climate change
This will be fun, year around bear attacks. I guess it's time to go and kill them all.

Extreme autumn temperatures cause unseasonable flowering in the Netherland
At least we'll have something nice to look at while the bears come and maul us.

Washington DC is even warmer and changing. Looks like Bush cant hide from it for long.
Oh what am I saying he spends most of his time in Texas.

Blizzard in Denver

Was reading today about the blizzard that hit Denver and dumped 2 feet on the city.
Then they showed a picture and while it looks bad:



It doesnt look THAT bad, so I decided to fire up Photoshop and make it a lot worse looking. Enjoy and stay warm.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

SNL - My Dick in a box!



I loved this video from Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Merry Christmas, it's my dick in a box. haha

New layout tweaks

Working with the new BETA features that Google is rolling out for Blogger, including the new super easy layout customizer and stuff. So, as you can see, the layout's a bit different and cleaner than it was before. Also the archive is now a hierarchical menu system that you can collapse and expand to troll thru my tons of posts (remember all my old posts from my old blog are crammed together at the very end in the February section).

Sunday, December 17, 2006

4.0

Woot! College is done for this quarter and I aced both of my reporting classes and got a straight 4.0 for the term!

YAY!!! And no school until January 16th.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Border Fence Firm Snared for Hiring Illegal Workers

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All Things Considered, December 14, 2006 · A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence Company's work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico.

After an immigration check in 1999 found undocumented workers on its payroll, Golden State promised to clean house. But when followup checks were made in 2004 and 2005, some of those same illegal workers were still on the job. In fact, U-S Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company's 750 workers may have been in the country illegally.

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100 Things You Probably Didnt Know...

  • An average record shop needs to sell at least two copies of a CD per year to make it worth stocking, according to Wired magazine.
  • WD-40 dissolves cocaine - it has been used by a pub landlord to prevent drug-taking in his pub's toilets.
  • Humans can be born suffering from a rare condition known as "sirenomelia" or "mermaid syndrome", in which the legs are fused together to resemble the tail of a fish.
  • It's possible for a human to blow up balloons via the ear. A 55-year-old factory worker from China reportedly discovered 20 years ago that air leaked from his ears, and he can now inflate balloons and blow out candles.
  • If all the Smarties eaten in one year were laid end to end it would equal almost 63,380 miles, more than two-and-a-half times around the Earth's equator.
  • The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".
  • "Restaurant" is the most mis-spelled word in search engines.
  • The name Lego came from two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It also means "I put together" in Latin.
  • The spiciness of sauces is measured in Scoville Units.
  • You're 10 times more likely to be bitten by a human than a rat.
  • Jimi Hendrix pretended to be gay to be discharged from the US Army.
  • It takes a gallon of oil to make three fake fur coats.
  • Pulling your foot out of quicksand takes a force equivalent to that needed to lift a medium-sized car.

100 things we didn't know this time last year

A would-be immigrant ...

A would-be immigrant crawls after his arrival on a makeshift boat on the the Gran Tarajal beach in Spain's Canary Island, May 5, 2006. REUTUERS/Juan Medina
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Found this picture today and wow, it just really struck me. The plight of one man coming ashore looking for safety and a new home. Using Google Earth, he would have had to travel an estimated 62 miles in the ocean from Africa to reach this shore. And in the distance you can see the opulent relaxing for the day, free from worry and apparently unconcerned with helping him.

Reminds me of another photo (famous now) by Margaret Bourke-White Bread Line taken during the floods of 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The pictures speak for themselves.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

More PS3's than you can shake a stick at

According to an official statement by SCEA Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Dave Karraker:
”...early manufacturing issues [have been] resolved and we do remain focused on having one million PS3s in the pipeline by December 31, 2006.”
That means that between now and December 31st, 2006, Sony needs to sell 27.8 Playstation 3 units per minute.

Then again this is going to be a worldwide figure, when I am sure they would want you and investors to assume this is a wholly US number.

Also interesting:

The Xbox 360 moved 511,000 during that same month, the PS2 sold 664,000 units, almost as many as both combined.

Microsoft's most recent total puts the 360 in the hands of 8.5 million people total, on their way towards 10 million (which they wont make by the end of the year). What's most interesting is the number of (cheap) PS2's still selling out there. Looks like Sony is going to enjoy some healthy competition from itself as well.

I just feel sorry for the kid that asked for a PS3 but his parents got confused and thought they were getting a hell of a deal and bought a PS2 instead.

Friday, December 08, 2006

IGN: Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement


IGN: Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement: "In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo is already the target of litigious action concerning its newly released Wii console. California-based Interlink electronics has filed a complaint against Nintendo for what it has deemed to be a case of copyright infringement over the pointing functionalities of the Wiimote."

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Wow, Nintendo, you really are a bunch of top-notch innovators.

Iraqis, U.S. dispute deadly raid in new friction�|�Top News�|�Reuters.com

Reuters.com: BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi and U.S. officials disputed each others' accounts of an overnight raid and air strike on Friday that killed up to 20 people in a new sign of friction over allegations of American troops killing civilians.

The U.S. military said ground forces with air support killed 20 suspected al Qaeda militants, including two women, in an area where the Sunni Arab insurgency is strong.

Police and officials in Ishaqi, 90 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, said the bodies of 17 civilians, including six women and five children, were found in the rubble of two homes.

'The Americans have done this before but they always deny it,' Ishaqi Mayor Amer Alwan told Reuters by telephone. 'I want the world to know what's happening here.'

Complaints that unjustified killings by U.S. troops are common have soured Iraqis' sentiment toward the U.S. presence in Iraq and prompted Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki earlier this year to say he was losing patience over such reports.

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Wow. What the hell are we even doing over there anymore. We built our forward bases to have a military presence there from now on. Go back to your bases, get the rest out and quit killing people. It's not that god damn hard.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Nintendo - Wii


My friend has finally gotten a Wii (after much hunting by both of us for it) and he invited me over to check it out first-hand.

I hate to say it, but I was pretty unimpressed, although I am probably a little spoiled by my 360.

1) The graphics are bad. And before you start with the 'graphics arent everything' - I agree, but these are bad. They wont hold up over time and the best game is ALWAYS 10x better when it looks good too.

The Wii Sports golf game was horribly distorted on the grass textures and far away "detailed" textures. They almost jittered as you played and would give me a headache after awhile. Maybe this would be better with the component cables, dont know.

The Zelda game had some nice blurring type effect on it, but it only served to help muddle the already very low texture resolution to the point where there wasnt a lot of good distinction between world objects.

2) The Wiimote controller is not what you think.

In the Wii Sports Baseball game, you'd think that the bat would move exactly how you were moving the controller but it doesnt. Moving it around freely doesnt not replicate to the bat movement. So instead of naturally using the Wiimote like a bat, you have to learn how to move it how the game wants you to move it. You dont have to make a real-life swing and could easily hit the ball with the same force and skill with a small wrist flick. This is helped out by the fact that the interaction with the Wiimote stops at contact with the ball and the game takes over the swing thru mechanics.

Pitching the ball was erratic at best. No matter how fast or slow you "throw" the ball you would register at either 65mph or 94mph. Only once did I get it to deviate to 92mph. It's also not possible to just lob the ball and let it drop - again you are restricted to the game's translation of the movement and not real world movement. This was the same in the bowling game.

3) Moving around that much is NOT fun.

The Wii Sports boxing game was fun. I boxed a Mii that looked like Jesus and one that looked like a blonde Hitler. Again the Wiimote and the nunchuck didnt exactly replicate what the boxer's hands were doing on the screen. You have to figure out the sweet spots of where to hold and move them to allow for the best punch and guards. It wasnt too difficult to do, but after two matches my arms were tired and I was done. I dont think I could have played more than 5 or so matches at one sitting of that game without having sore shoulders.


Creating the Mii characters was kinda fun, and seeing your friend's Mii characters walking around on the screen in a parade was kinda neat, but they will only show up if you know their long friend code, enter that, they approve it and know your code to enter and then you have to send your Mii to them. They also show up for no reason during the parade. It's not an indication if they are online they are just there and walk around to make you feel like you are with your friends I guess.

The only thing I really liked was the small speaker on the controller. That added a nice little touch to some of the games.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Yannone: This is the America we have become

Yannone: This is the America we have become: "I arrived in Syria that same day, at the end of the day and I was able to confirm that I was in fact in Syria after my blindfold was removed and I was able to see the pictures of the Syrian President. My feeling then is I just wanted to kill myself because I knew what was coming. I knew that the Americans, the American government send me there to be tortured."

Spiderman 3 & The Moon Rocks


Spiderman 3: Climbing the Walls in Anticipation? - Associated Content: "The creators of the Spiderman comic, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, teamed up for this third installment to the Spiderman sage. Serving as writers for the action-packed sequel, Lee and Ditko will be sure that the integrity of the comics is preserved in this film – something which will delight Spiderman purists.

In this adventure, Spiderman comes into contact with some moon rocks. Yes, that’s really the plot. The good news is that a comic-book favorite will finally make an appearance in the Spiderman movies. Spiderman 3 means the appearance of alter-ego and favorite villain Venom, a character that scored big with comic book fans. The new Green Goblin and Sandman will also come to life in Spiderman 3, doing their best to thwart our hero and spoil the day. "

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While I doubt there's a really good way to explain where the Venom symbiote came from in the comics within the context of the film. I just hope this "moon rock" explanation doesnt come off too cheesy.

Here's the full history.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Utterly Insane!

Nov. 30, 2006 — It was the shocking story — and unbelievable surveillance video — that riveted the nation. A young McDonald's employee humiliated, forced to strip and then to perform a sexual act in the back office, during her work day.

This horrifying ordeal changed one woman's life forever, and put one man on trial, accused of masterminding a bizarre and elaborate hoax. If convicted, David Stewart faced 15 years in prison on charges ranging from solicitation of sodomy, to impersonating a police officer.

Louise Ogborn was always willing to take on extra shifts at McDonald's in Mount Washington, Ky. Ogborn's mother had health problems and had recently lost her job, so the 18-year-old did whatever she could to help make ends meet.

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I have never seen so many stupid people do so many stupid things. This is simply amazing what was done to this girl. I felt sorry for her until she said, "My parents always taught me to do what adults tell me to do." - It's a good thing they didnt ask her to jump off a bridge. The girl is filing a $200 million dollar lawsuit against McDonalds.

Story Link

Video Link *Take a few minutes to watch this. It's shocking

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Beware of the fungi!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Tony vs. Paul

This is amazing!